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Camera manufacturer creates 65 jobs in Pickens County

Orlaco invests in new headquarters in Jasper

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From Georgia Department of Economic Development

ATLANTA, Dec. 17 — The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) announced today that Orlaco, a global manufacturer of camera solutions for heavy equipment, on-road truck, crane and fork lift manufacturers, will open its first U.S.-based office and warehouse in Pickens County, creating 65 jobs over the next five years.

Trial set for Samurai sword killing

Case transferred to juvenile court

 

 

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The trial of a 17-year-old accused of killing his step-father with a single stab from a Samurai sword appears to be headed for trial in January, a year after the fatal argument at a basement apartment in a Preserve at Sharp Mountain subdivision home.

See complete story in our print and e-editions

 

 

Family of victim disappointed 

by court’s handling of case

 

The mother and a brother of Christopher Allen, the victim in the Samurai sword killing in November 2012, expressed disappointment with the way the case had been handled in the Pickens court system.

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Christmas gift comes early with decent weather for parades

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Jasper and Ball Ground both got early Christmas gifts in the form of "not-too-bad" weather for their parades over the weekend.

In Ball Ground Friday, the parade had just ended when the bottom fell out with heavy rain. And in Jasper (see picture above) on Saturday night it was cold but not the coldest Jasper Night of Lights and dry. Rain didn't develop until much later.

See information on Christmas events at area churches in this week's print edition.

Capitol reporter offers analysis of Affordable Care Act

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By Pam O’Dell
Capitol Reporter
    Regular readers know that I have written extensively on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
    As a result, I have been barraged with both questions and strong political commentary. 
    During the course of reading everything I can get my hands on (including major parts of the bill) and talking to experts on the law (as well as

 

The $700,000 Bag Lady

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    Cheryl Blankinship lived a quiet life but left a significant impact.

By Dan Huth
Progress contributor

    [Writer’s Note: Over the years I gained Cheryl's confidence, became her friend. She was able to express herself more clearly using a keyboard than in person, and often shared her thoughts in e-mails.  Sensing something special about this person, I saved these e-mails, which now enrich this article with her own voice.]  

 



    Cheryl Blankinship didn't have a car, and would only reluctantly ask friends to take her shopping. When she did leave her run down double-wide for a shopping trip, she'd split her list between Fred’s and Sav-A-Lot, letting a few cents savings determine where to make each purchase. Then she'd shuffle through wrinkled coupons, wrenching every last drop from every last penny—squeezing a nickel until the proverbial buffalo howled. Her wardrobe came from the Community Thrift Store.
    And she gave over $700,000 to Pickens County charities.

To read more about The $700,000 Bag Lady Cheryl Blankinship check out this week's print or online editions.